Galileo Commission Summit VIII – The Great Upshift Book Launch
35 of the World’s Leading Thinkers Map Your Path Forward to a Bright Future
This vital book leads us beyond today’s crisis- and conflict-prone world to a higher stage of our evolution. We have reached a historic turning point – a “point of bifurcation” – at which we must find new ways to upshift our individual and collective consciousness to ensure the desired resolution of these crises.
Ervin Laszlo and David Lorimer, drawing on their holistic expertise and global network, have assembled a stellar cast of contributors who decode the big picture to offer exactly what we need now. The world-renowned scientists and visionaries who contribute to this book illuminate where are we today and where we can go from here. They focus on the most burning question of all: how can we upshift ourselves — our ways of healing, of thinking and feeling, and even of intuiting –- to respond to the pressing requirements of our time?
Their visions empower us to “be the change” we want to see in the world – to help others be a positive and critical part of the great upshift that has already started. This will be our salvation. This compendium of insights into solutions for our world troubled by climate change, conflict, and unsustainable conditions calls for the conscious participation of all of us to implement the verities within.
“This book is the prescription for a more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier, and joyful world.”
~ Deepak Chopra MD, NY Times bestselling author
“Within the pages of this luminous book lies the artful means for engendering the upshift of a new order for our time, our space, and our lives together. In reading these essays, you become empowered to bring forth the unread vision of the higher dream, as we close the door on the old ways that no longer serve.”
~ Jean Houston, PhD, philosopher, author of The Possible Human
“The Great Upshift leads us beyond the casual speculation of what’s possible in our lives by revealing practical steps to awaken a heartfelt world based in love rather than a bleak future born of fear.”
~ Gregg Braden, bestselling author of The Divine Matrix and The Wisdom Codes
Friday 29th – Saturday 30th December
Timezones: UK, GMT: 4:00-8:30 PM • Pacific Time: 8:00 AM-12:30 PM
Day 1 – FRIDAY (all times UK, GMT)
Session 1 – The Big Picture
4:00 pm: Chair, Kurt Johnson – Welcome
4:05 pm: Keynote, Ervin Laszlo – Living on Earth: The New Imperatives
4:15 pm: Ervin Laszlo and Gregg Braden (recorded) – Awakening the Power of the New Human Story
4:45 pm: Bruce H. Lipton (recorded) – I, Human, Nature and Consciousness
5:00 pm: Panel discussion, Ervin Laszlo, Jude Currivan and Kingsley L. Dennis – JC: Our Conscious (R)evolution; KD: Upshifting Towards a Humanized Technology
5:30: Q&A, Jude Currivan and Kingsley L. Dennis
6:00 pm: BREAK
Session 2 – Healing and Upshifting Ourselves
6:30 pm: Chair, Bob Atkinson – Introduction
6:35 pm: Alison Goldwyn – Synchronistory
6:45 pm: Keynote, Lynne McTaggart – Healing the World from the Ground Up
7:15 pm: Panel discussion, Satish Kumar, Maria Sagi, Elena Mustakova – SK: Healing the Wounds of Separation: Soil, Soul, and Society; MS: The Coming Upshift in Healing; EM: A Heart-Mind Path Toward Unitive Justice and Human Security
7:45 pm: Q&A, Lynne McTaggart, Satish Kumar, Maria Sagi, Elena Mustakova
8:30 pm: CLOSE
Day 2 – SATURDAY (all times UK, GMT)
Session 3 – Upshifting our Thinking
4:00 pm: Chair, David Lorimer – Welcome
4:05 pm: Keynotes, Arabella Thaïs and Natalie Zeituny (recorded) – AT: Deepening our Feeling: An Upshifted Relationship to Beauty; NZ: The Ensoulment of Reality: The Soul, Art and Technology of Life-Centric Realities
4:45 pm: Panel discussion, Alexander Laszlo, Anna Bacchia, Arabella Thaïs – AL: A Matter of Worth and the Science of Accomplishment; AB: Intuition and the Great Evolutionary Upshift
5:15 pm: Q&A, Alexander Laszlo, Anna Bacchia, Arabella Thaïs
6:00 pm: BREAK
Session 4 – Mapping our Path Forward
6:30: Chair, Anneloes Smitsman – The Upshift Path to a New Paradigm World
6:40 pm: Keynotes, Dr Thomas Legrand and Charles Eisenstein (recorded) – TL: An Upshifted Development Path: The Politics of Being; CE and DL: Two Stories of Progress
7:20 pm: Panel discussion, Alfred de Zayas, Pavel Luksha, Prof Kees van der Pijl – AdZ: Upshifted Principles of Global Order; PL: Ascending to the Age of Planetary Consciousness; KvdP: Revolution from the Ground Up
8:00 pm: Q&A,Thomas Legrand, Alfred de Zayas, Pavel Luksha, Prof Kees van der Pijl
8:30 pm: CLOSE
Please note: This event is donation-based, and you may register for free, if you are not able to make a donation. However, if you can, we would greatly appreciate your contribution, which will continue to allow us to move forward with our mission.
All bookings will receive a link to view the RECORDING.
Pavel LukshaFacilitator, Founder of Global Education Futures
Pavel Luksha is a system scientist, change catalyst, and facilitator. He is Founder of Global Education Futures and the School of Evolutionary Leadership, and a co-founder of The Weaving Lab, The Learning Planet, and Living Cities Earth movements. He is the author of several seminal reports on the future of education and work and a scholar of ancient and modern wisdom that can contribute to the evolutionary upshift of the humankind.
Elena MustakovaEvolutionary Psychologist, Social Scientist, Philosopher, Educator
Dr Elena Mustakova is an evolutionary psychologist, social scientist, spiritual philosopher, and educator. Her work is inspired by Bahá’í ontological understanding of reality as a spiritual phenomenon of the evolution of consciousness. She is a member of the Sustainable Development Goals Thought Leaders Circle, and Founder of the Unitive Justice & Global Security Thought Leaders Circle. Among her many publications, she is Senior Editor of a comprehensive volume: Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era. Her recent book Global Unitive Healing: Integral Skills for Personal and Collective Transformation, has been called “a hymn to collective sanity”, offering “potent and wise medicine for our time.” Elena serves the transformation of individual consciousness and collective culture to meet the challenges of a planetary age.
Anneloes SmitsmanEntrepreneur, Scientist, Author
Dr Anneloes Smitsman (PhD, LLM), is a futurist, entrepreneur, systems scientist, bestselling author, keynote speaker, and award-winning pioneer in human development and systems change. She is the founder and CEO of EARTHwise Centre, co-founder of the EARTHwise DAO, initiator and architect of the EARTHwise Constitution for a Planetary Civilization, and lead architect of the EARTHwise Game for Civilizational Transformation. She received a degree of Doctor from Maastricht University, the Netherlands, for her pioneering research on systemic transformation. She is the co-author with Dr Jean Houston of the bestsellers The Quest of Rose, which won the 2022 Silver Nautilus Book award, and Return of the Avatars, which won the 2023 Gold Nautilus Book award.
David LorimerWriter, Lecturer, Poet, Editor
David Lorimer, MA, PGCE, FRSA is a visionary polymath – writer, lecturer, poet and editor who is a Founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and former President of Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society. David is also the Editor of Paradigm Explorer, and Chair of the Galileo Commission, which seeks the expand the evidence base of science of consciousness beyond a materialistic world view.
Originally a merchant banker then a teacher of philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College, he is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Survival? Death as Transition (1984,2017) Resonant Mind (originally Whole in One) (1990/2017), The Spirit of Science (1998), Thinking Beyond the Brain (2001), The Protein Crunch (with Jason Drew) and A New Renaissance (edited with Oliver Robinson). He has edited three books about the Bulgarian sage Beinsa Douno (Peter Deunov): Prophet for our Times (1991, 2015), The Circle of Sacred Dance, and Gems of Love, which is a translation of his prayers and formulas into English. His book on the ideas and work of the Prince of Wales – Radical Prince (2003) – has been translated into Dutch, Spanish and French. His most recent books are A Quest for Wisdom and his collection of poems, Better Light a Candle.
Satish KumarEnvironmentalist, Author, Speaker
Satish Kumar was the Editor-in-Chief of Resurgence Magazine (now with the Ecologist) for 43 years and was the Founder of Schumacher College in Dartington. At nine years of age, Satish renounced the world and joined the brotherhood of Jain monks. At the age of eighteen, he left the monastic order and became a campaigner working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a peaceful world into reality. He undertook an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, walking without any money, to deliver packets of ‘peace tea’ to the leaders of the four nuclear powers. Satish is the author of five books. His autobiography, ‘No Destination’, first published by Green Books in 1978, has sold over 50,000 copies. He is a recipient of the Goi Peace Award.
Jude CurrivanCosmologist, Author
Dr Jude Currivan has a master’s degree in physics from Oxford University and a doctorate in archaeology from the University of Reading. She is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, author who was previously one of the most senior business women in the UK and in 2017 she co-founded WholeWorld-View. Integrating leading edge science, research into consciousness, and universal wisdom teachings into a wholistic world-view underpins her work serving conscious evolution and empowering transformational and emergent resolutions to collective human and planetary issues. For over two decades she has also travelled around the world in service to planetary healing. A member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle (www.evolutionaryleaders.net) she is also the international and award-winning author of six books to date, latterly The Cosmic Hologram: In-formation at the Center of Creation. Her next book, Gaia: Her-Story will be published in 2022.
Ervin LaszloPhilosopher, Systems theorist, Author
Dr Ervin Laszlo, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Laureate of the Luxembourg Peace Prize, the Assisi Mandir of Peace Prize, as well as of the Japan Peace Prize, the Goi Award, has been identified by an international jury convened by OOOM Magazine as the 28th among the world’s one hundred most inspiring people. He is the editor of the prestigious periodical World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research, founder-president of the international think tank The Club of Budapest, founder-president of The Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research, and chairperson of The Wisdom Council of the new internet platform People Together. He is the author of over one hundred books translated into 24 languages, including The Wisdom Principles, along with nearly four hundred studies and articles. He lives in the Tuscan hills of the Mediterranean coast of Italy.
Natalie ZeitunyEnsoulment & Reality Cosmologist & Speaker
Natalie Zeituny is a reality cosmologist and consciousness architect. She is a clairvoyant, energy healer, creator of “ensoulment”, and an international speaker. She has published four books, and as a social entrepreneur, dedicated to innovative applications of reality models that facilitate personal, collective, and planetary transformation.
Thomas LegrandSustainability expert
Holding a PhD in Economics and having studied international development, political science, and management, Thomas Legrand works in the field of sustainability for UN agencies, companies, and NGOs. His spiritual journey began at the age of 23 with an encounter with native spirituality in Mexico, before embracing the wisdom of a wide range of traditions and practices. He lives with his wife and their two young daughters near Plum Village, the monastery of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in the Southwest of France, his country. His spiritual search, his thought as a social scientist and his professional experience have gradually converged on the importance of spiritual wisdom in humanity’s ongoing transition. Searching for a way to mainstream this understanding in the political and sustainability conversation, he has dedicated much of the last 10 years to researching and reflecting how we can radically rethink our model of development. The result is his book Politics of Being: Wisdom and Science for a New Development Paradigm.
Lynne McTaggartAward-winning author
Lynne McTaggart is the award-winning author of seven books, including the worldwide bestsellers The Field, The Intention Experiment and The Power of Eight®. She is also the architect of the Intention Experiments, a web based “global laboratory” to test the power of intention to heal the world.
Maria SagiPsychologist, Author
Dr Maria Sagi holds a PhD in psychology at the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest and a CSc degree of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is the creator of the Sagi method of information medicine, author of twelve books and over 150 articles. She is the science director of the Club of Budapest, and lives in Budapest.
Arabella ThaïsWriter, Artist
Arabella Thaïs is a writer, speaker, philosopher, and artist, candidate for a PhD in cosmology and consciousness. Committed to the evolution of humanity, her work explores the intersection of poetry, mathematics, beauty, and time, which she teaches at her online school of consciousness, The Temple. She uses various aesthetic mediums – such as music, film, and experience design – in order to communicate ideas and propel human transformation.
Kees van der PijlAuthor, Retired Professor of International Relations
Prof Kees van der Pijl retired as a professor of International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK, in 2012. His books include The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class (1984, new edition 2012), Nomads, Empires, States (Deutscher Prize, 2008) and most recently States of Emergency. Keeping the Global Population in Check (2022).
Robert AtkinsonDevelopmental Psychologist
Robert Atkinson, PhD is a developmental psychologist and educator, an award-winning author of A New Story of Wholeness: An Experiential Guide for Connecting the Human Family, The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, co-editor of Our Moment of Choice: Evolutionary Visions and Hope for the Future, and founder of One Planet Peace Forum.
Alfred de ZayasProfessor of Law
Alfred de Zayas is a law professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and served as a UN Independent Expert on International Order 2012-18. He is the author of twelve books including Building a Just World Order. He is former UN Independent Expert on International Order (2012-18), Chief of the Petitions Department at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Secretary of UN Human Rights Committee.
Anna BacchiaResearcher in Human and Cognitive Sciences
Anna Bacchia is a Researcher in Human Sciences and Cognitive Sciences, and has focused on the nature of the Cognitive, Creative and Intuitive processes. For the outcomes of her Research, she is a Laureate of the Luxembourg World Peace Prize, and Life Member of the World Peace Forum. Founder and Director of the Consciousness Institute in Lugano, Switzerland, her Educational Programs are even active within some Programs of the United Nations.
Gregg BradenBestselling author
Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, scientist, international educator and renowned as a pioneer in the emerging paradigm based in science, social policy and human potential.
From 1979 to 1991 Gregg worked as a problem solver during times of crisis for Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco Systems, where he became the first Technical Operations Manager in 1991. He continues problem-solving today as his work reveals deep insights into the new human story, and how the discoveries inform the policies of everyday life and the emerging world. To date his research has led to 15 film credits and 12 award-winning books now published in over 40 languages.
Gregg is the proud recipient of numerous awards including The Walden Award for New Thought, The Illuminate Award for Conscious Visionaries and he is listed in the United Kingdom’s Watkins Journal among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the 7th consecutive year. He is a nominee for the prestigious Templeton Award, established to honor “outstanding living individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality.”
Gregg is actively involved in visionary organizations and think tanks including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The Evolutionary Leadership Organization, The Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research and The Arlington Institute. He has presented his discoveries in over 30 countries on six continents and has been invited to speak to The United Nations, Fortune 500 companies and the U. S. military.
Alison GoldwynEntertainment producer
From 6th Mass Extinction event to 6th Mass Evolution, edutainment producer Alison Goldwyn has spent decades party planning an epic music event to shift the Emotional Climate, root of nearly all our global ills. Co-hosted by the power of our imagiNations, Synchronistory® is a Party for the Planet celebrating every living being — broadcast live worldwide.
Alexander LaszloPresident of the Bertalanffy Center
Alexander Laszlo, PhD is President of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science; Research Director of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research; Founding Director of the Social Systems Foundation; Co-Founder of Global Education Futures; Professor of Systems Science & Curated Emergence; and author of over 100 journal, book and encyclopedia publications.
Bruce H. LiptonStem cell biologist, Author
Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is a stem cell biologist and author of the bestselling books The Biology of Belief, Spontaneous Evolution, and The Honeymoon Effect. Bruce, recipient of the prestigious Japanese Goi Peace Award, has been listed in the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential people” by Briton’s Watkins Journal for the last 13 years.